Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Susan Niebur: A look back with sadness

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Today marks the anniversary of the passing on my friend, Susan Niebur. She was super smart, had a brilliant career, and was a friend to many in addition to being the loving wife and mother of two little boys. I shared a bit about her professional side over at The Maker Mom.

Knowing I'd written about Susan and offered my virtual support to her in the past, I checked my archives and decided to share this post, written in the winter of 2011.


Still.

Susan is fighting, but also praying. For a miracle.

At the dawn of 2010 I wrote about miracles and I'm reposting those thoughts, though they were not my own to begin with. Nearly a decade before these ideas went up on my blog, they came out of the mouth of a fascinating, inspiring and sometimes rather goofy man named Craig Dobkin.

An experienced mountain climber, Craig fell off the side of a mountain after a moment of inattention during which he forget to check his ropes before descending. In a workshop with him a year or two after his accident, he shared his story, describing everything from the moment he hit the ground to his time in rehab as a series of miracles.

The world according to Craig Dobkin (circa 1997?).

We can create personal and professional miracles by:

* noting that all behavior is purposeful
* recognizing that miracles are possible and noticing them when they occur
* taking risks
* keeping love present
* understanding that every person in our lives is a potential teacher

One never has enough information to be pessimistic.

I'm sorry that Susan and her family did not get the miracle we hoped for. "It's not fair!" we shout, stomping out feet. Susan was always on top of things. She tackled the issue of fairness in this achingly beautiful, honest, poignant post. My heart goes out to Susan's family.

Honor Susan's memory by noticing a miracle today or donating to further research on Invasive Breast Cancer

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1 comment:

Jessica McFadden said...

Those every day miracle "markers" are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them. They too make me think of Susan.

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